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Microsoft to add 'black box' to Windows


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#1 Scarlett

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Posted 27 April 2005 - 08:31 AM

SEATTLE--In a move that could rankle privacy advocates, Microsoft said Monday that it is adding the PC equivalent of a flight data recorder to the next version of Windows, in an effort to better understand and prevent computer crashes. By Ina Fried, CNET News.com Published on ZDNet News: April 26, 2005, 4:00 AM PT The tool will build on the existing Watson error-reporting tool in Windows but will provide Microsoft with much deeper information, including what programs were running at the time of the error and even the contents of documents that were being created.
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Posted 27 April 2005 - 09:07 AM

I hope Microsoft will have an option where you can fully disable that. I mean I wouldn't want Microsoft knowing what websites I've visited and other personal data like that they could get from this.

In additioin what's wrong with the "error reporting"? When a program crashes, why not expand off of that?

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Posted 27 April 2005 - 09:16 AM

To me, it sounds like another way a hacker might be able to get information about your computer system. One stop shopping!

Just another service for the "disabled" list.

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Posted 27 April 2005 - 12:34 PM

Not on any computer I own!!!!!!!!

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Posted 27 April 2005 - 12:54 PM

Not on any computer I own!!!!!!!!

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Posted 27 April 2005 - 01:14 PM

Good bye Billy Goats and take your M$ garbage-ware with you.

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Posted 27 April 2005 - 01:44 PM

I'd go to Linux if that happens.. *skeered*

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Posted 27 April 2005 - 03:03 PM

If you cant disable this new service then you will never see me using longhorn!

Just one more way to remove our privacy!

Its a bad mistake that MS will find out when no sales come flooding in!

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Posted 27 April 2005 - 04:04 PM

One really wonders how the CONTENTS of a Word document would help MS resolve a OPERATING SYSTEM PROBLEM (you would think that after so many versions of Windows, MS could eventually get it right). We have enough intrusions on our privacy as it is without worrying about what might happen to the contents of our computer in the hands of some malicious employee, perhaps even one in another country. Where does this stop?

Notice also, that the allusion to a "black box" seems designed to put a better face on this than it deserves, since black boxes surve a very useful purpose on aircraft. The difference is obviously ignored that those on airplanes record PUBLIC records, conversations, and data. A better analogy would be with unauthorised eavesdropping on private conversations. Microsoft wiretapping is more like it.


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Posted 28 April 2005 - 12:19 PM

DEAR JGWEED ------ I like what you have to say regarding microsoft's "blackbox"....but personally, i'm pretty sure microsoft already has us under "supervision" ---- it's funny, (a little scary), using a computer these days turns you into some company's lab rat...


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Posted 05 June 2005 - 03:04 PM

Hello all! I new in these forums. I was interested in this thread and had no idea that MS was planning on doing that. Makes me wish I was back on the Mac.




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